Step-cut osteotomy of the anterior superior iliac spine for increased visualisation in the levine approach for bernese periacetabular osteotomy surgery.

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Hip Int


Anterior superior iliac spine; Levine approach; hip preservation; iliofemoral; osteotomy; periacetabular osteotomy.; washington; swedish; swedish ortho


BACKGROUND: Hip dysplasia can lead to pain and dysfunction in the young adult. Acetabular undercoverage leads to abnormal joint loading and results in joint degeneration, accelerating need for arthroplasty in this patient population. Conceptually, treatment focuses on increasing acetabular coverage in the form of periacetabular osteotomy. The procedure can be performed through the iliofemoral approach, and performing an anterior superior iliac spine (ASIS) osteotomy can enhance the visualisation in this approach. Several techniques have been described for ASIS osteotomy.

AIM: The purpose this study was to report on step-cut technique for ASIS osteotomy during the Bernese periacetabular osteotomy procedure to enhance visualisation when utilising the iliofemoral approach.

SURGICAL TECHNIQUE: This step-cut technique enhances stability at the osteotomy site, and minimises soft tissue dissection to reduce pain and assists with maintaining a stable fixation construct postoperatively.

RESULTS: There were no nonunions and minimal morbidity to the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve injury in cohort of 86 patients while utilising this technique.

CONCLUSIONS: We recommend using this step-cut ostetomy of the ASIS during Bernese periactetabular osteotomy for benefit of increasing exposure while maintaining a low complication profile.

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Orthopedics & Sports Medicine